Beginning in August and extending well into October, the people from the various islands come together to celebrate the Polynesian cultures found in the state. Hundreds of volunteers present a number of activities that include everything from art exhibits and costume displays to dancing and musical performances. Opening ceremonies introduce the royal court who reign throughout the festivities. Various stages present traditional demonstrations and shows. The event also features a gala floral parade, arts and craft vendors and plenty of native foods. All activities are free and open to the public.

In October, approximately 1,000 athletes arrive, form teams and participate in this traditional canoe race that journeys 41 miles across open ocean in a test of endurance, strength and courage. The men's race begins at the Hale O Lono Harbor and finishes at Duke Kahanamoku Beach. The race commemorates the traditional form of island transportation and represents one of the oldest sporting events in the state.

The event spans a weekend in October and celebrates the native fruit that once grew here in abundance. The popular celebration includes a myriad of family friendly activities that include cooking demonstrations, crafts, games and contests all evolving around the coconut. The event provides the opportunity to learn various aspects about the fruit that include its various forms and uses.

This annual December event welcomes tens of thousands to participate in the 26.2 mile foot race that begins in Waikiki and finishes at historic Diamond Head. Considered one of the most highly attended marathons in the country, the route provides runners with the chance to travel along the spectacular coast on beaches, through parks and past monuments. Watching the event costs nothing, but participating requires an entrance fee.

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